Environmental Education Schools Outreach Programme
This is a nationwide environmental education schools outreach program. The aim of the project is to empower school going children to become environmentally friendly and participate in environmental preservation and conservation.
Background to the project
Environmental issues have become topical in today’s world due to the devastating effects of poor environmental policies. It is the duty of every citizen of the world to play an active role in mitigating against the effects of bad environmental management. Everyone needs to be educated and empowered on how they can participate in combating the effects of environmental degradation.
The Zimbabwean education curricular does not address environmental issues in a practical day to day way which learners can adopt and apply in their everyday lives. Research has shown that school going children are the most receptive to new ideas and utilize the knowledge they gain at school throughout their lives.
It is against this background that ESA intends to embark on the Environmental Education Schools Outreach Program.
The project aim
The environmental education schools outreach program seeks to reach all secondary schools in Zimbabwe starting with Harare. The aim of the project is to bring to the youth an in-depth understanding of current trends and information concerning the environment. While a lot of concern has been raised in recent times over damage to the planet, very few people understand the link between human action and environmental degradation. Through this outreach, we aim to inculcate into young people a culture of sustainable living and working towards protecting the environment. This is bound to make them responsible citizens and environmentally conscious future leaders.
Ways and means
By teaching young people to make slight and easy changes in the way they look at, and treat Planet Earth today, future generations of children will have learned to preserve and take care of our environment. Young people are enthusiastic about learning new things if they are well packaged and made relevant to their daily lives. Furthermore, young people provide the opportunity to spread information to a broader spectrum of citizens which include family and friends. ESA has thus designed a variety of strategies which are age-level appropriate, interdisciplinary, actively engaging in and outside the class room and ultimately fostering an atmosphere of purposeful conversation and reflection about complex issues. Some of the ways and means include
- Lectures and talks about the environment and sustainable living
- Training and awareness programs for teachers
- Formation of eco-clubs
- Coordinating "Green Speakers". talks from professionals who will introduce students or eco-club members to green career paths
- Coordinating a leadership and mentorship program
- Coordinating inter-schools eco-club visits, debates, writing competitions, seminars etc
- Developing community engagement program.
- Developing newsletters for continuity throughout the year.
- Coordinating environmental visits to participating natural reserves and organizations, through relationships with the forestry commission, EMA, Parks and Wildlife and the ministry of environment and natural resource management.